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Foster the People: Life on the Nickel Meaning


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Life on the Nickel Lyrics

Yet again I'm hustling (x3)
But I can't seem to catch a dime
Take a little hit and I lose the time

I took the man and his horse
And ran before he looked up
I said the light's gonna change
But I'm calm and feeling warm
And now I'm...

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 12th 2013 report

    Agree with the comments above, but at the end of the lyrics, it seems the drug addict committed suicide at the end.

  2. anonymous
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    May 10th 2012 report

    Mark Foster was a struggling drug addict. This song is about his difficulties with drugs, money and most importantly, his internal struggle.

  3. itsthepizza
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    Feb 8th 2012 report

    This song is about the life of a drug addict and struggle to get clean and stay clean. In the chorus, the guy is running low on drugs again, but is also low on money, so he is hustling and doing whatever it takes to get to get his drugs, but no matter how much he gets, it's never enough. He wants a dimebag, but always ends up with less than that, hence life on the nickel. He doesn't have the money to feed his habit. He takes a hit, but will be doing this all over once his stash runs low again.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2012 report

    this song is about being poor, and obviously hustling people. he's getting close to power and money but never really making it. he's sick of society and what the world's turning into because of it.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 28th 2011 report

    Something along the lines of always being poor and the getting close to money and power but never really making it.

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